Dash Cam: Merge & Exit Madness 4

Merge – Exit Madness is back for number 4 of south Florida crazy driving.  A compilation of dangerous, stupid, selfish things drivers do merging and exiting I-95, I-75, the Florida Turnpike and other highways.  Get ready for CRAZY!

Dash Cam: Fisher Island Ferry

Fisher Island Ferry.  It’s not exactly what I’d like it to be.  Was hoping to get a front row seat but haven’t over the last several years.  In this video we get a good view anyway.  I’ve been surprised how difficult it is to get in front.  It’s all about timing.  There has been other footage but the water was so rough that when the playback speed was increased it made it impossible to watch.

In this video we get smooth water and a decent view.  On the return trip there is I think a Netherlands flagged wood mast ship.  I couldn’t figure out which ship is was and am hoping someone will be able to identify it and share it with us.  Until we have better footage this will be it for the ferry. -13

 

Dash Cam: After Irma Part 1 & 2

South Florida Driving 101 has two videos that feature storm damage and after effects from Hurricane Irma.  Downed trees and power lines, car size debris piles, repair crews, property damage and carnage.  Not much in the way of stupid drivers but it does show driving difficulties presented after a storm by downed power lines and trees.  They often block roadways making chainsaws and cable cutting equipment a necessity. -13

 

 

Dash Cam: Latest South Florida Crazy Videos

Here it is!  After a very long break from the dash cam videos South Florida Driving 101 is now editing and posting videos.  There have been multiple problems over the last few months.  Most of the issues have been addressed.  Been looking at cameras over the last week and cannot make up my mind yet.  Going to watch more videos on YouTube before I decide.  There were three Cobra CDR 840’s in rotation at the beginning now there is only one malfunctioning camera hanging by a thread.  More in another video/blog post soon.

Drivers 72(below) contains hurricane Irma damage, metro mover, flying objects, pedestrian issues, Miami skyline at night, dangerous objects on the roadway and the usual bad driving habits.

 

Drivers 73(below) has the little Red Bull car, a guy takes a bike for a ride, pedestrians playing traffic-roulette, merge madness, selfish cut offs, jet passing by, drawbridge runner, driver can drive but can’t read the signs.

 

Drivers 74(below) is full of selfish drivers cutting off everyone or taking stupid risk to avoid turning around at the next exit, a jet takeoff, a night time reminder of why we dash cam.

Dash Cam Project Insanity!

Irma passed.  The electricity and internet stayed on the entire time.  Then as the storm passed, internet gone!  For more than a week, I’ll write more on that in another post.  Couldn’t work on my other projects so thought I’d clear up some of my video projects and catch up.

Here it is weeks later and just today have I been able to accomplish what I set out to do.  What I thought would take a week has turned into three weeks.  I discovered I had four months of dash cam videos piled up on my computer.  When I checked, the memory on the computer was in the red zone.  Whatever that meant.

Parked at the computer desk I began the sorting process.  I discovered some things I hadn’t noticed before when I didn’t have so many to sort at the same time.  Our dK2 camera usually records 100, three minute videos per day, often more.  There are so many drivers not using their turn signal to indicate a lane change I had to eliminate all but the most offensive in my eye.  I used close calls, speed, proximity to others, distance etc as a guide.  The progression of this can be seen in the videos as I learned more.

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It takes me about 30 seconds to scan each 3 minute section.  More if I find something.  Every 5 hours or so of video seems to produce 1-2 minutes of useable footage.  The project getting behind like that was to much.  I have to stay on top of it or it will become overwhelming and I’ll run out of storage space.

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I finally figured a way to cut a still image from the actual footage to use as a custom thumbnail.  That discovery made me want to go back an change all the covers to the begining.  I didn’t like the blue screen background much it reminded me of computer blue screen hell.  So, now it’s changed.

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I also have a lot of after hurricane Irma footage to work on.  Hoping I can find some before footage to work in for contrast.  That will take a couple weeks again of trying to find, then match footage or stills.  I’ve deleted many things that are gone forever so it might be hard to find.  Lesson learned with imovie, save a copy away from your project, if you cut something from another project then delete it, it will be gone from your other project.

Glad I’m somewhat caught up.  The Irma after footage will be time consuming but worth it because there is serious destruction recorded on them.  They look like they will be much longer than most videos.  More in the 10 minute ranges or so.  I like making these kind of videos for fun hope people enjoy them. -13

The Truth about the Cobra CDR 840 Dash Camera. My experience.

The truth about the Cobra CDR 840 dash camera like no other.  If you would really like to know more about this camera and my experience just watch the video and you’ll see how I really feel about this dash camera.  Sometimes, there are no words to express an experience, you have to be there, or, watch the video.   The video is a little long but I don’t think I left anything out.  Hope this little video helps you make your purchasing decision wiser.  One small tip, use a 64 GB card if you want to capture over one hundred 3 minute videos so the auto over record doesn’t delete the footage from earlier in the day.  -13

South Florida Driving 101 goes to the Car Wash.

South Florida Driving 101 goes to the Car Wash.  Made a video at one of the places I’ll stop by to get a quick wash.  Usually works and cleans it up all shinny but not too sure the undercarrage wash is working since I can’t hear or feel the water hitting the underside of the car.  Tried the split screen thing for a couple of the wide shots, also for the side view.  Didn’t turn out how I would have liked but it works.

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What surprised me was how long it is.  Couldn’t figure out how to make it shorter using editing.  I could have sped up the playback speed but tried it and it was to jerky and had a dizzying effect.  Don’t think making peoples head spin watching a video might be good.  Somebody might get sick.  It’s better everyone has a good time.

I wanted to get a better angle to capture more of the side motion but there is no place to mount the camera’s in the car where they need to be placed to get that kind of footage.  I may get it using a mini van if I can mount the cameras but that, is another project to add to the list. -13